Workspace Technology partners with Avanti Communications in Order to Provide a Rapid Design, Build & Commissioning of Berlin Global Earth Station (GES) Data Centre
Avanti Communications, a global operator of satellite data communications services to the telecoms industry, required a new ‘Micro Data Centre’ to support operations at is Berlin Global Earth Station. Workspace Technology were tasked by Avanti to design, build and commission this new data centre in less than two months. Given that typical lead times for Chillers and CRAC units is generally not less than six weeks this project was very challenging.
Chris Doick, Workspace Technology’s Head of Projects took personal charge. With 22 years as a Royal Signals Engineer and having previously served in Germany Chris relished this challenge and looked forward to this opportunity to once again return to Berlin.
As part of this Micro Data Centre project Workspace Technology installed a raised access floor creating a cold air plenum for 2 x 80kW UltraDenco chilled water down flow Computer Room Air Conditioning (CRAC) units. These perimeter CRAC units were combined with 2 x 90kW chillers, a free cooling unit and associated chilled water pipework. The CRAC coils were sized to support 80kW capacity at 19ºC entry water temperature allowing the cooling system to maximise the potential of the free air cooling technology.
A dual aisle 16 rack pod was deployed, complete with Schneider Electrics’ Intelligent In-Row modular power distribution and 16A Three Phase Intelligent PDUs. Schneider Electric’s EcoCool Cold Aisle Containment system was also installed to help maximise airflow efficiency.
As part of the project Workspace Technology also deployed Schneider Electric’s Symmetra PX160 modular UPS technology and associated Schneider Electric switchgear.
Workspace Technology delivered the project with ‘military precision’ under the leadership of its’ Head of Projects. With a combination of parallel working and accelerated deliveries the team were able to ensure that the tightly planned programme and associated sequencing was maintained throughout. Workspace Technology completed the final testing in good time allowing Avanti to migrate equipment and servers in advance of their original dates.
Roy Griffiths, Workspace Technology’s Technical Director, commented “This project is an excellent example of how Workspace Technology as an organisation is able to rise to a challenge and clearly demonstrates our ability to successfully deliver data centre infrastructure on the European mainland as well as within the UK.”